By Lori Perkins
I have never gone to after-Christmas sales, just like I have never done IRL Black Friday sales. I hate competing with other people for discounts in the flesh, but now that almost all shopping is virtual (and it’s not too hard to get free shipping), I am a pretty eager after-Christmas shopper, especially since many of the sales go beyond 50% off (I love a good 70% off sale).
Every year I wait for the after-Christmas sales from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian and MOMA, to buy fabulous Christmas ornaments and calendars at 50% off. This year is no exception. And there’s the added bonus of other art-related items on super sale. For me, this year, the female artists coasters at MOMA are a must-have, and I was tempted by the NYC subway car ornament.
Major retailers – TJ Maxx, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond—are all having major sales because they have merch that they have to get rid of. If I have the time, I will go through through hundreds of pages of deeply discounted merchandise to see if there’s anything there that tickles my fancy. I was able to score two gorgeous Mirano glass candlesticks from Bed Bath & Beyond that were originally $89 each for about $10 with my discounts and coupons.
And I feel an obligation to point out that this year Barnes & Noble is having a 50% off every hardcover in store sale, which is probably a clever way to get you into their stores, hoping that you’ll pick up more than one book and maybe some book-related personal gifts while you’re there.